A 1991 Taylor 955-C
Serial No. 12580, with internal white paper label printed Specially Made For Winter NAMM January 1991, Taylor Guitars, Made in U.S.A. and signed Robert D.Taylor, in natural finish, rosewood body with single sharp cutaway, spruce top with abalone binding and matching soundhole ring, mahogany neck, twenty fret ebony fingerboard with floral inlays and the initials E.C. inlaid at seventeenth fret, headstock face with floral motif inlay, oval brass plate fixed to back of headstock engraved TO E.C. From Richie, tuners with ebony buttons and ebony pin bridge; and a brown hardshell contour case with wine coloured plush lining and Lee Dickson's handwritten adhesive paper label Taylor 12 String 2580 955C-Custom-S/C.A.- Sambora

Eric Clapton said that he received this guitar as a gift from Richie Sambora to thank him for playing on Sambora's album Stranger In This Town.
Taylor 955-C/Natural
HENKE, James Eric Clapton: The Rolling Stone Interview in Rolling Stone, Issue 615, October 17, 1991, p.106
MARTEN, Neville Would You Buy A Used Guitar From This Man? Article in Guitarist, 15th Anniversary Special, Clapton Issue, June, 1999, p.72

Lot Essay

In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine in 1991, Clapton recalled how difficult it can be when playing on other artists' albums and referred to this guitar and the situation surrounding his contribution to Sambora's album:
"...I got a very sweet, dedicated letter from him [Sambora] and I was deeply touched, my ego was pumped up. And I thought, of course I have to do this". And I never really listened to the song...then Richie came to London with the tape, and I showed up at the studio, and he gave me a gift, a massive twelve-string Taylor guitar with my name on was magnificent...then he put the tape on, and I realised instantly that I was completely out of my depth...the song wasn't what I expected it to be, and I had to sit down and go to the bottom of my socks and pull up whatever I had to make it took was the kind of thing you would like to go and do in private..."

In a recent interview with Neville Marten for Guitarist, Lee Dickson said "...This Taylor 12-String was a present from Richie Sambora...We've used it on different sessions, so it's been played quite a lot".

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